Compared to most recent years, when for example I recorded 165 species in the county in 2011, 187 in 2012 and 173 in 2013, this has been a particularly poor one with just 157 species recorded by mid December - one of my worst years on record


It's all over - 2012 has come to an end. I managed a total of 187 out of the 198 species recorded all told in Buckinghamshire - 94% of the total - probably my highest-ever annual tally.

The current record is 191 species achieved in 2006 and held jointly by both Rob Hill and Simon Nichols

Wednesday, 10 June 2009

HOOPOE on 1 June

A EURASIAN HOOPOE was by the 14th green of the Duchess Course at Woburn Golf Club at 12.25 today. It seemed fairly settled but flew over the public road into thepractice area as I approached. I watched from the road fence and it droppeddown and resumed foraging.The spot can be reached by turning off the Woburn - Woburn Sands Road intoLongslade Lane.

Proceed along the narrow road through woodland for about amile until you pass a left turn with a Woburn Golf Club sign by it. Continue about 300 yards up a small incline and you will see an obvious 'pull off' onyour left. The 14th fairway will be on your left and the practice ground on the right hand side of the road. This is where the bird flew over at 12.25PM. Please note that the Golf Course is private (Sonnie Wing)